Sherwood Park, AB- The wind and rain from the weekend created a lot of mud, but didn’t stop the 2nd Annual Trach Law Cans & Calves Invitational event from running today, though a group vote did move it to the indoor arena. John Deere Gators were up for grabs for those who could beat last years times that were run in the outdoor arena, but because of the move inside, the Gators will have to wait to go to their new homes in 2016. Today paid out $28,600 and had stunning Troy Fischer Buckles to both the Champion and Reserve Champion in each event.
35 of the best names in Tie Down Roping from Alberta ran in two go rounds, as well as 35 of the top Barrel Racers. The Top Ten in the average went to a showdown, and in the barrel racing it was a horse race! An arena record was set by Kandi Horn with a 12.620. She had a flawless run. Reserve Champion Brandy McPhee ran a 12.787, Third to Amy McDonald with a 12.841, Fourth to Caitlin Stark with a 12.845, and Fifth to Carolyn Knapp running a 12.995. In the Tie Down Roping, Dean Edge won with a 8.4. Reserve Champion was Kyle Lucas with a 8.6, Third was a tie for Stacy Cornet & Darren Dublanko who each ran a 9.0, and Murray Pole with a 10.0 rounded out the pack.
Both barrel racers and ropers showed their support for Jace Thorsteinson wearing red shirts. Jace is a junior roper who was in an unfortunate roping accident and is in hospital. Check out the Jace Thorsteinson Benefit Auction on Facebook if you would like to help with bidding or donating an item.
For most of the event, I sat at the far end, where third barrel would be. This is where Still Meadows Ranch owner, Maxine Rusnak usually sits. I personally have rode at this arena all my life and have known Maxine just as long. She suffers from MS and isn’t able to move around without the help of her health aid. Today she had a day pass from the hospital. I bring this up because as I sat there, almost every competitor, both roper and racer, came down to personally thank Maxine for donating the use of the arena for the event. I cannot find the words to express how happy it made me to see everyone do this.
Another thing I noticed about the event, was that everyone was very positive, supportive, and friendly. Watching the roping, I loved that everyone cheered and supported one another with each run. Hearing the barrel racers praise one another for their great runs also brought a smile to my face. This is why producer, Lisa Trach puts on the event.
“Honestly, when I decided to do the event I was in a sort of sad place in my life. When I am sad, I read… Self help books and the like. I read an article about how, if you dive into the things you love you will meet people who will be the right people for your life. So I decided to have the jackpot… One where I could invite a group of competitors that were not only super talented but also positive, we have a strict no bitches no whiners rule!
Naturally I went to my Still Meadows family for help and, like always, they came through 100 times more than I could have ever expected. Because Jeff Drisner suffers with us barrel racers all year, we wanted to give back to him so we added the calves. That has been a huge reward for me! Our calf ropers both years have been so great.
The event is everything I had hoped for. It did what the book said; It surrounded me with the best people. I got to meet new people, and most of all I get to give back to a community that is responsible for my sanity. Because in all times in my life where I have struggled, it has been my horses and the people in my life that share my love of horses that have saved me when I would have otherwise drowned.
I only wish I could give more to the big family of people in rodeo. This jackpot is my tiny contribution. I hope it grows and grows.”
I personally look forward to attending this event next year. I hope that you can join as well! Check out the two winning runs below, and each of the top ten runs can be found on the Lipstick & Cowboy Boots Youtube channel.
Dean Edge’s Winning Run – 8.4
Kandi Horn’s Winning Run – 12.620
Diane Skodopole’s honourable mention run. Across the line with a 12.394, plus 5 for a tipped first.